Let's get physical, physical
I wanna get physical
Let me hear your body talk, your body talk
Let me hear your body talk.
But what happens when we get a bit older?
People seem to slow down. After all, sitting at a desk in front of a computer is pretty sedentary. Walking to the parking lot to get into my car isn't the best form of exercise. And then when you lift your arm and a little child starts to touch that extra skin that seems to hang just a little bit. Well, that's enough for me to grab my weights and ...get physical.
For this Weigh-In Wednesday post, I want to mention the importance of weights. I always stress aerobic exercise which is vital to improving endurance and burning calories to lose weight. But I also use light weights every other day.
I was reviewing a book I read some years ago called Successful Aging by John W. Rowe, MD and Robert L. Kahn, PhD. This was a MacArthur Foundation Study that showed how the lifestyle choices you make (more than heredity) determine your health and vitality.
Here are a few quotes from this book:
- Pumping iron can help you lose weight. People commonly think that only aerobic exercise has this important effect. But science has shown that by turning up the metabolism of muscles you burn more calories. And that translates into lost weight.
- Weight training can make a meaningful difference in the lives of older people. After just three months of training, older men doubled the strength of their quads and tripled the power of their hamstrings. The muscles got bigger and stronger.
- Weight lifting can reduce depression in older people.
Now maybe you don't consider yourself to be in the older category of life. But developing good habits when you're younger will improve the odds of you continuing this into your older age. And you will feel more energetic too!
So what do I do?
- I walk on my treadmill almost every day. (I pulled my back last week so I'm slowly getting back to this).
- I use light weights every other day. I do a series of two sets of 15 repetitions. I learned a routine when I was at the Pritikin center in Santa Monica some years ago and have stuck with it. Lately, I've found I can increase the weights as it got easier.
- Stretching is a must as I realize I'm not that flexible. If you don't use it, you lose it.
I'm linking up with Kim of Just For Clicks for Weigh-In Wednesday.
Blessings and love,